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RPA staff receive special thank you message

 NSW Premier delivers special message for RPA staff during anniversary celebrations.

A message from NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet plays on a large screen in a hall.
SydneyConnect Image: Video message from NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet at The University of Sydney

The NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet had a special message for RPA's staff to cap off celebrations marking the hospital's 140 years of serving the community.

"RPA is home to more research institutes and specialist units than any other hospital in the country. It is a source of so much pride and gratitude to have health resources of this calibre at the service of the people of NSW," Mr Perrottet said in a video message delivered at a cocktail evening held at The University of Sydney.

"It is something that we must never take for granted and will always work to build up and to make it stronger. This has never been more evident than in the last few years when nobody has worked harder than our health workers - the doctors, nurses, paramedics, researchers, cleaners and everyone who makes Royal Prince Alfred the well-oiled machine that it is.

"You are part of one of our nation's most treasured health institutions," he said.

The NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard also sent his best wishes via a video message.

Among the guests at the evening were NSW Health Secretary Susan Pearce, The University of Sydney's Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Mark Scott AO, and Dame Marie Bashir AC, Patron of RPA's the Professor Marie Bashir Centre, former Chancellor University of Sydney and former Governor of NSW.

The cocktail evening was held in recognition of the enduring partnership between RPA and the university which is one of the most significant health-related partnerships in the history of NSW.

"For the past 140 years, we have collaborated to promote, facilitate and encourage health and medical research in the fields of medicine, health sciences, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and allied health.

"We're working together to transform the way we provide healthcare, increase the pace of translating research into improved patient care and to set the agenda for the development of health technologies," Dr Teresa Anderson, The District's Chief Executive said.

Ms Pearce praised RPA - and Sydney Local Health District - for the role it has played in the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"As the Secretary of NSW Health, I'm incredibly proud of the way all of the NSW Health staff pulled together to work through the COVID response. Royal Prince Alfred was at the forefront - led by Teresa and the team," she said.

Professor Scott said while RPA and the University share an extraordinary history, the best days lie ahead - particularly with the establishment of the Sydney Biomedical Accelerator.

"Together we are going to make Camperdown, The University of Sydney and Australia a global destination for health and medical research and innovation

"We truly believe that by bringing together our clinicians, academics and researchers from across all of our organisations, history can be made by the work that takes place and millions in this city, this nation and all around the world will benefit from all that lies ahead," he said.

During the week of anniversary celebrations, Associate Professor Tamera Corte, the Director of the Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic at RPA's Department of Respiratory Medicine, was named as the winner of the RPA Foundation Research Medal for 2022.

RPA medical, nursing and allied health staff were also recognised with awards.

Nurse Practitioner Kylie Tastula won the Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Recognition Award for providing an exceptional level of care to patients with stroke and their families.

Physiotherapist Jack Reeves won the Research Award for Allied Health with his research will explore post-COVID early rehabilitation.

Dr Alex Stoyanov won RPA Medical Board's D K Baird Memorial Bicentennial Travelling Fellowship and Dr Emefa Kporfu won the John Segelov Memorial Travelling Fellowship.

Kate Chiswell won the RPA Medical Association's Patron's Prize for Clinical Research and Dr Mark Ly won the President's Prize for Laboratory Research.

A range of symposia, highlighting the latest in research and innovation, a gala dinner and staff picnic were also held to celebrate the hospital's 140th anniversary.